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RAID ON JUDGES: Federal Government Slams Charges On Supreme Court Registrar, Accountant

Three senior officials of the Supreme Court of Nigeria – Chief Registrar, Ahmed Gambo Saleh; Director of Finance, Muhammed Abdulrahman Sharif and Chief Accountant, Rilwanu Lawal – are facing a nine-count criminal charge, including diversion of N2.2 billion and receiving gratifications.

The charges were contained in a court document filed yesterday by Principal State Counsel, Hajara H. Yusuf on behalf of the Attorney General of the Federation at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, with case No. CR/13/16.
Not date has been assigned for the case yet.
The charges reads: That you “Ahmed Gambo Saleh ‘M’, Muhammed Abdulrahman Sharif ‘M’, and Rilwanu Lawal ‘M’ all of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, between 2009 and 2016, did agree to do an illegal act to wit: diverted N2.2 billion belonging to the Supreme Court of Nigeria into personal accounts domiciled at United Bank for Africa PLC a/c no: 2027642863, and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 96 of the Penal Code Act and punishable under Section 97 of the Penal Code Act Cap 532 LFN (Abuja) 2004.”
Other offences include: Criminal breach of trust to wit: diversion of N2.2 billion belonging to the Supreme Court of Nigeria into personal accounts domiciled at United Bank for Africa PLC a/c no: 2027642863; receiving N10million gratification from Willysdave Limited, a private contractor to the Supreme Court of Nigeria; obtaining N6 million gratification; obtaining N6 million gratification from Welcon Nig. Ltd, a private contractor to the Supreme Court of Nigeria; and obtaining N2.4 million gratification from Welcon Nigeria Ltd, a private contractor to the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
They were also accused of obtaining N16 million gratifications from Dean Musa Nig. Ltd, a private contractor who provided services to the Supreme Court of Nigeria; obtaining N19 million gratification from Ababia Ventures Ltd, a private contractor who provided services to the Supreme Court of Nigeria; and obtaining N21 million gratifications from MBR Computers Ltd, a private contractor who provided services to the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
The offences are contrary to Section 10 (a) (i) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000 and punishable under the same section of the Act.

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